A huge Masquerade Ball to raise money for an RSPCA centre in Cheshire is being held at Crewe Hall on Saturday 2 November.

It is hoped the glitzy bash will raise thousands of pounds for the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre and Cattery, which rescues more than 6,500 animals a year.

“This is the biggest event we have held by far and the team have been working hard for months on making it fantastic,” said Lee Stewart, manager of Stapeley Grange.

“We’ve got a local live band called Partyzone lined up and an award-winning magician to entertain our guests. We’re also holding an auction on the night to raise as much money as possible for Stapeley Grange. There are some amazing lots including a once-in-a-lifetime seal experience, where the winners will get to spend time with our seal patients and then help them release them back to the wild.

“It will be a great night and more importantly will help raise us money so we can continue the work we do as we kickstart the next 25 years.

“We’ve had amazing support from Instinct Wellness Gym (Tarporley) and Rodney Demson Wines (Nantwich), who are both sponsoring this event.”

The origins of Stapeley began with local animal-lover Cynthia Zur Nedden, who lived at Stapeley Grange and devoted her life to caring for sick animals and strays. Cynthia became famous in the community for feeding local wild foxes, squirrels and garden birds.

After Cynthia passed away, Stapeley Grange was bequeathed to the RSPCA and since opening its doors in October 1994, more than 130,000 animals have been helped. The centre also runs an important education programme that benefits local school children. The team also works with Cheshire East Council and their Virtual Schools Programme which seeks to support local children in care too.

“Those attending the ball will be given a unique opportunity of a VIP, behind-the-scenes tour. We are  closed to the public so it really is is a unique opportunity to see the work we do and all the different animals we help,” added Lee.

Tickets for the ball cost £80 and can be purchased online at www.stapeleygrange.com.

This year is a big year for Stapeley Grange, as it’s the centre’s 25th anniversary. Over this time the team will have helped over 130,000 wild, domestic and exotic animals. You can follow Stapeley on Facebook RSPCAstapeleygrange or Twitter: @RSPCAstapeley or @StapeleyCats to find out what events are planned to celebrate this achievement. You can also sign up to the centre’s quarterly newsletter here: https://www.rspca.org.uk/stapeleynewsletter